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POWERBUILDING
SYSTEM
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 1:
SQUAT,
OHP
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 2:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
WEEK 1
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
BACK SQUAT
4
1
5
75-80%
7.5
3-4 MIN
FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE AND EXPLOSIVE POWER!
BACK SQUAT
0
2
8
70%
N/A
3-4 MIN
KEEP BACK ANGLE AND FORM CONSISTENT ACROSS ALL REPS
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
3
8
70%
N/A
2-3 MIN
RESET EACH REP (DON'T TOUCH-AND-PRESS)
GLUTE HAM RAISE
1
3
8-10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HIPS STRAIGHT, DO NORDIC HAM CURLS IF NO GHR MACHINE
HELMS ROW
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
STRICT FORM. DRIVE ELBOWS OUT AND BACK AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE
HAMMER CURL
0
3
20-25
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
KEEP ELBOWS LOCKED IN PLACE, SQUEEZE THE DUMBBELL HANDLE HARD!
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
DEADLIFT
4
3
4
80%
N/A
3-5 MIN
CONVENTIONAL OR SUMO: USE WHATEVER STANCE YOU ARE STRONGER WITH
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
4
1
3
82.5-87.5%
8.5
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE 1 (MAYBE 2) REPS IN THE TANK. HARD SET.
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
0
2
10
67.5%
N/A
2-3 MIN
QUICK 1 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST ON EACH REP
HIP ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
MACHINE, BAND OR WEIGHTED, 1 SECOND ISOMETRIC HOLD AT THE TOP OF EACH REP
WEIGHTED PULL-UP
1
3
5-8
N/A
8
3-4 MIN
1.5X SHOULDER WIDTH GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8-10
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL ROM
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
SUGGESTED REST DAY
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 3:
SQUAT,
DIP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BACK SQUAT
4
3
4
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
MAINTAIN TIGHT PRESSURE IN YOUR UPPER BACK AGAINST THE BAR
WEIGHTED DIP
2
3
8
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
LAT PULL-OVER
1
3
12-15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
CAN USE A DB, CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, STRETCH AND SQUEEZE LATS!
INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO EACH ARM ONE AT A TIME RATHER THAN ALTERNATING, START WITH YOUR WEAK ARM
FACE PULL
0
4
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 1
WORKOUT
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FULL
BODY 4:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
PAUSE DEADLIFT
4
4
2
75%
N/A
3-4 MIN
3 SECOND PAUSE RIGHT AFTER THE PLATES COME OFF THE GROUND
PAUSE BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
3
5
75%
N/A
2-3 MIN
2-3 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST
CHEST-SUPPORTED T-BAR ROW
OR PENDLAY ROW
1
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
NORDIC HAM CURL
0
3
6-8
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
SEE VIDEO DEMOS PAGE, CAN SUB FOR LYING LEG CURL
DUMBBELL SHRUG
0
3
20-25
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FEEL A STRETCH ON THE TRAPS AT THE BOTTOM, SQUEEZE HARD AT THE TOP
WORKOUT
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
A1. BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
CURL THE BAR OUT AND UP IN AN ARC. MINIMIZE MOMENTUM.
A2. FLOOR SKULL CRUSHER
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
ARC THE BAR BACK BEHIND YOUR HEAD, SOFT TOUCH ON THE FLOOR BEHIND YOU
B1. INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
(REVERSE 21'S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS TOP 1/2, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2
B2. TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
(REVERSE 21'S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2, 7 REPS TOP 1/2
C1. DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
C2. BAND PULL-APART
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH REAR DELTS
C3. STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
12
N/A
9
30SEC
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
C4. BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
3
15
N/A
9
30SEC
FOCUS ON ROUNDING YOUR BACK AS YOU CRUNCH HARD!
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
15/15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
AVOID YANKING THE PLATE WITH YOUR HANDS
FULL
BODY 5:
ARM &
PUMP DAY
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
LOWER #1
WORKOUT
UPPER #1
WORKOUT
LOWER # 2
WEEK 2
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
DEADLIFT
4
3
3
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
BRACE YOUR LATS, CHEST TALL, PULL THE SLACK OUT OF THE BAR BEFORE LIFTING
SUMO BOX SQUAT OR PAUSE
HIGH-BAR SQUAT
2
2
8
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
IF YOU SQUAT HIGH-BAR, DO SUMO BOX SQUAT. IF YOU SQUAT LOW-BAR, DO PAUSE HIGHBAR (2 SEC PAUSE)
PULL-THROUGH
0
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, USE YOUR GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
LEG CURL
1
3
6-8
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
DO LYING LEG CURL MACHINE OR NORDIC HAM CURL IF NO MACHINE ACCESS
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8-10
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
4
1
2
85-90%
8
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE ~2 REPS IN THE TANK. HARD SET.
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
0
3
6
77.5%
N/A
2-3 MIN
SET UP A COMFORTABLE ARCH, SLIGHT PAUSE ON THE CHEST, EXPLODE UP
CHIN-UP
1
3
8-10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
UNDERHAND GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR, ADD WEIGHT IF NEEDED TO HIT RPE
STANDING ARNOLD DUMBBELL
PRESS
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
ROTATE THE DBS IN AT THE BOTTOM AND OUT AT THE TOP
CHEST-SUPPORTED DUMBBELL
ROW
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
LIE ON AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO ROWS - PULL WITH LATS!
FACE PULL
0
2
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
2
15-20
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
CONCENTRATION BICEP CURL
0
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
PIN YOUR ELBOW AGAINST YOUR UPPER LEG OR THE BACK OF A BENCH
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BACK SQUAT
4
3
6
75%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SIT BACK AND DOWN, KEEP YOUR UPPER BACK TIGHT TO THE BAR
GOOD MORNING
2
2
10-12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SAME AS SQUAT STANCE, KEEP SHINS STRAIGHT, GO LIGHTER AND "FEEL" HAMSTRINGS
LEG EXTENSION
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
USE BANDS IF NO MACHINE ACCESS, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH QUADS
STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
BANDED LATERAL WALK OR HIP
ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
POINT TOES SLIGHTLY OUTWARD, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH GLUTES
V SIT-UP
0
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
THINK ABOUT SQUEEZING YOUR UPPER AND LOWER ABS TOGETHER
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
UPPER #2
WORKOUT
LOWER # 3
WORKOUT
UPPER #3
WEEK 2
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
OVERHEAD PRESS
3
3
4
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SQUEEZE YOUR GLUTES TO KEEP YOUR TORSO UPRIGHT, PRESS UP AND SLIGHTLY BACK
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
PERFORM WITH BANDS IF NO LAT PULLDOWN, DRIVE ELBOWS DOWN AND IN
CLOSE-GRIP BENCH PRESS
2
2
12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SHOULDER WIDTH GRIP, TUCK YOUR ELBOWS IN CLOSER TO YOUR TORSO
PENDLAY ROW
1
2
10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
PEC FLYE
0
2
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
PERFORM WITH CABLE, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS, USE A FULL ROM
A1. INCLINE SHRUG
1
2
15-20
N/A
9
30SEC
LIE FACE DOWN AGAINST AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO SHRUGS - FULL ROM AND SQUEEZE!
A2. UPRIGHT ROW
1
2
15-20
N/A
9
30SEC
CAN USE CABLES/ROPE, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS. STOP ROM ONCE ELBOWS REACH SHOULDER
HEIGHT.
BARBELL SKULL CRUSHER
1
2
8-10
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
DO THESE ON A BENCH, CONSTANT TENSION ON TRICEPS
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
5" BLOCK PULL
4
2
4
N/A
8
4-5 MIN
DO BLOCK PULLS FROM A 5" BLOCK (CAN STACK 45LB + 10LB BUMPER PLATES AS BLOCKS)
BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT
1
2
12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
12 REPS EACH LEG, KEEP YOUR TORSO UPRIGHT, CONSTANT-TENSION ON QUADS
BARBELL 45° HYPEREXTENSION
OR HIP THRUST
1
2
8-10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
DO BARBELL HIP THRUSTS IF NO MACHINE, USE GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
SEATED CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO STANDING IF NO MACHINE, EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
12/12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
12 REPS FLEXION (FRONT OF NECK), 12 REPS EXTENSION (BACK OF NECK)
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FLAT-BACK BARBELL BENCH
PRESS
3
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SHOULDER BLADES STILL RETRACTED AND DEPRESSED. SLIGHT ARCH IN UPPER BACK.
MINIMIZE LEG DRIVE.
ECCENTRIC-ACCENTUATED
PULL-UP
1
2
AMRAP
N/A
10
2-3 MIN
3 SECOND NEGATIVE ON EVERY REP, MAINTAIN CONTROLLED FORM FOR ALL REPS
WEIGHTED DIP
2
2
10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
SINGLE-ARM ROW
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
CAN USE CABLES, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS - FEEL YOUR LATS WORKING!
BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
LEAN-AWAY LATERAL RAISE
0
2
30
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
USE A LIGHT DUMBBELL, CONSTANT-TENSION, NO PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM
BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
2
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR EARS
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 1:
SQUAT,
OHP
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 2:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
WEEK 3
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
BACK SQUAT
4
1
8
72.5-77.5%
8.5
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE 1 (MAYBE 2) REPS IN THE TANK. PUSH IT!
BACK SQUAT
0
2
6
75%
N/A
3-4 MIN
KEEP BACK ANGLE AND FORM CONSISTENT ACROSS ALL REPS
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
3
8
72.5%
N/A
2-3 MIN
RESET EACH REP (DON'T TOUCH-AND-PRESS)
GLUTE HAM RAISE
1
2
8-10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HIPS STRAIGHT, DO NORDIC HAM CURLS IF NO GHR MACHINE
HELMS ROW
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
STRICT FORM. DRIVE ELBOWS OUT AND BACK AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE
HAMMER CURL
0
3
20-25
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
KEEP ELBOWS LOCKED IN PLACE, SQUEEZE THE DUMBBELL HANDLE HARD!
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
DEADLIFT
4
4
2
85%
N/A
3-5 MIN
CONVENTIONAL OR SUMO: USE WHATEVER STANCE YOU ARE STRONGER WITH
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
1
6
75-80%
8.5
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE 1 (MAYBE 2) REPS IN THE TANK. PUSH IT!
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
0
2
8
72.5%
N/A
2-3 MIN
QUICK 1 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST ON EACH REP
HIP ABDUCTION
0
2
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
MACHINE, BAND OR WEIGHTED, 1 SECOND ISOMETRIC HOLD AT THE TOP OF EACH REP
WEIGHTED PULL-UP
1
3
5-8
N/A
8
3-4 MIN
1.5X SHOULDER WIDTH GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL ROM
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
SUGGESTED REST DAY
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 3:
SQUAT,
DIP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BACK SQUAT
4
4
4
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
MAINTAIN TIGHT PRESSURE IN YOUR UPPER BACK AGAINST THE BAR
WEIGHTED DIP
2
3
8
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
LAT PULL-OVER
1
3
12-15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
CAN USE A DB, CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, STRETCH AND SQUEEZE LATS!
INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO EACH ARM ONE AT A TIME RATHER THAN ALTERNATING, START WITH YOUR WEAK ARM
FACE PULL
0
4
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 3
WORKOUT
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FULL
BODY 4:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
PAUSE DEADLIFT
4
4
2
77.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
3 SECOND PAUSE RIGHT AFTER THE PLATES COME OFF THE GROUND
PAUSE BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
4
5
75%
N/A
2-3 MIN
2-3 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST
CHEST-SUPPORTED T-BAR ROW
OR PENDLAY ROW
1
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
NORDIC HAM CURL
0
2
6-8
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
SEE VIDEO DEMOS PAGE, CAN SUB FOR LYING LEG CURL
DUMBBELL SHRUG
0
3
20-25
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FEEL A STRETCH ON THE TRAPS AT THE BOTTOM, SQUEEZE HARD AT THE TOP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
A1. BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
CURL THE BAR OUT AND UP IN AN ARC. MINIMIZE MOMENTUM.
A2. FLOOR SKULL CRUSHER
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
ARC THE BAR BACK BEHIND YOUR HEAD, SOFT TOUCH ON THE FLOOR BEHIND YOU
B1. INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
(REVERSE 21'S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS TOP 1/2, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2
B2. TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
(REVERSE 21'S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2, 7 REPS TOP 1/2
C1. DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
C2. BAND PULL-APART
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH REAR DELTS
C3. STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
12
N/A
9
30SEC
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
C4. BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
3
15
N/A
9
30SEC
FOCUS ON ROUNDING YOUR BACK AS YOU CRUNCH HARD!
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
15/15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
AVOID YANKING THE PLATE WITH YOUR HANDS
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 5:
ARM &
PUMP DAY
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
LOWER #1
WORKOUT
UPPER #1
WORKOUT
LOWER # 2
WEEK 4
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
DEADLIFT
4
1
2
87.5-92.5%
9
4-5 MIN
TOP SET! AIM FOR NEAR PR. KEEP FORM TIGHT.
DEADLIFT
0
3
3
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
BRACE YOUR LATS, CHEST TALL, PULL THE SLACK OUT OF THE BAR BEFORE LIFTING
SUMO BOX SQUAT OR PAUSE
HIGH-BAR SQUAT
2
2
8
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
IF YOU SQUAT HIGH-BAR, DO SUMO BOX SQUAT. IF YOU SQUAT LOW-BAR, DO PAUSE HIGHBAR (2 SEC PAUSE)
PULL-THROUGH
0
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, USE YOUR GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
LEG CURL
1
3
6-8
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
DO LYING LEG CURL MACHINE OR NORDIC HAM CURL IF NO MACHINE ACCESS
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8-10
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
3
6
77.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SET UP A COMFORTABLE ARCH, SLIGHT PAUSE ON THE CHEST, EXPLODE UP
CHIN-UP
1
3
8-10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
UNDERHAND GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR, ADD WEIGHT IF NEEDED TO HIT RPE
STANDING ARNOLD DUMBBELL
PRESS
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
ROTATE THE DBS IN AT THE BOTTOM AND OUT AT THE TOP
CHEST-SUPPORTED DUMBBELL
ROW
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
LIE ON AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO ROWS - PULL WITH LATS!
FACE PULL
0
2
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
2
15-20
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
CONCENTRATION BICEP CURL
0
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
PIN YOUR ELBOW AGAINST YOUR UPPER LEG OR THE BACK OF A BENCH
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BACK SQUAT
4
3
6
75%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SIT BACK AND DOWN, KEEP YOUR UPPER BACK TIGHT TO THE BAR
GOOD MORNING
2
2
10-12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SAME AS SQUAT STANCE, KEEP SHINS STRAIGHT, GO LIGHTER AND "FEEL" HAMSTRINGS
LEG EXTENSION
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
USE BANDS IF NO MACHINE ACCESS, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH QUADS
STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
BANDED LATERAL WALK OR HIP
ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
POINT TOES SLIGHTLY OUTWARD, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH GLUTES
V SIT-UP
0
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
THINK ABOUT SQUEEZING YOUR UPPER AND LOWER ABS TOGETHER
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
UPPER #2
WORKOUT
LOWER # 3
WORKOUT
UPPER #3
WEEK 4
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
OVERHEAD PRESS / PUSH PRESS
3
3
3/3
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
FIRST 3 REPS STRICT MILITARY PRESS (NO LEG DRIVE), LAST 3 REPS PUSH PRESS (USE LEG
DRIVE)
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
PERFORM WITH BANDS IF NO LAT PULLDOWN, DRIVE ELBOWS DOWN AND IN
BARBELL FLOOR PRESS
2
2
12
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
CONTROL THE ECCENTRIC (DON'T LET YOUR ELBOWS SLAM INTO THE GROUND), BE EXPLOSIVE
ON THE WAY UP
PENDLAY ROW
1
2
10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
PEC FLYE
0
2
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
PERFORM WITH CABLE, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS, USE A FULL ROM
A1. INCLINE SHRUG
1
2
15-20
N/A
9
30SEC
LIE FACE DOWN AGAINST AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO SHRUGS - FULL ROM AND SQUEEZE!
A2. BENT OVER REVERSE
DUMBBELL FLYE
1
2
15-20
N/A
9
30SEC
MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH REAR DELTS, SWEEP THE WEIGHT OUT
BARBELL SKULL CRUSHER
1
2
8-10
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
DO THESE ON A BENCH, CONSTANT TENSION ON TRICEPS
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
4" BLOCK PULL
4
2
4
N/A
8
4-5 MIN
DO BLOCK PULLS FROM A 4" BLOCK (CAN USE 45LB BUMPER PLATE AS A BLOCK)
BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT
1
2
12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
12 REPS EACH LEG, KEEP YOUR TORSO UPRIGHT, CONSTANT-TENSION ON QUADS
BARBELL 45° HYPEREXTENSION
OR HIP THRUST
1
2
8-10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
DO BARBELL HIP THRUSTS IF NO MACHINE, USE GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
SEATED CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO STANDING IF NO MACHINE, EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
12/12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
12 REPS FLEXION (FRONT OF NECK), 12 REPS EXTENSION (BACK OF NECK)
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FLAT-BACK BARBELL BENCH
PRESS
3
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SHOULDER BLADES STILL RETRACTED AND DEPRESSED. SLIGHT ARCH IN UPPER BACK.
MINIMIZE LEG DRIVE.
ECCENTRIC-ACCENTUATED
PULL-UP
1
2
AMRAP
N/A
10
2-3 MIN
3 SECOND NEGATIVE ON EVERY REP, MAINTAIN CONTROLLED FORM FOR ALL REPS
WEIGHTED DIP
2
2
10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
SINGLE-ARM ROW
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLES, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS - FEEL YOUR LATS WORKING!
BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
LEAN-AWAY LATERAL RAISE
0
2
30
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
USE A LIGHT DUMBBELL, CONSTANT-TENSION, NO PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM
BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
2
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR EARS
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 1:
SQUAT,
OHP
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 2:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
WEEK 5
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
BACK SQUAT
4
1
3
82.5-87.5%
8.5
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE 1 (MAYBE 2) REPS IN THE TANK. AIM FOR NEAR 3 REP PR.
BACK SQUAT
0
2
4
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
KEEP BACK ANGLE AND FORM CONSISTENT ACROSS ALL REPS
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
3
8
75%
N/A
2-3 MIN
RESET EACH REP (DON'T TOUCH-AND-PRESS)
GLUTE HAM RAISE
1
2
8-10
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HIPS STRAIGHT, DO NORDIC HAM CURLS IF NO GHR MACHINE
HELMS ROW
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
STRICT FORM. DRIVE ELBOWS OUT AND BACK AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE
HAMMER CURL
0
3
20-25
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
KEEP ELBOWS LOCKED IN PLACE, SQUEEZE THE DUMBBELL HANDLE HARD!
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
DEADLIFT
4
3
3
85%
N/A
3-5 MIN
BRACE YOUR LATS, CHEST TALL, PULL THE SLACK OUT OF THE BAR BEFORE LIFTING
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
4
1
4
82.5-87.5%
9
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE 1 REP IN THE TANK. AIM FOR NEAR 4 REP PR.
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
0
2
6
80%
N/A
2-3 MIN
QUICK 1 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST ON EACH REP
HIP ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
MACHINE, BAND OR WEIGHTED, 1 SECOND ISOMETRIC HOLD AT THE TOP OF EACH REP
WEIGHTED PULL-UP
1
3
5-8
N/A
8
3-4 MIN
1.5X SHOULDER WIDTH GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL ROM
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
SUGGESTED REST DAY
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 3:
SQUAT,
DIP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BACK SQUAT
4
3
6
77.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
MAINTAIN TIGHT PRESSURE IN YOUR UPPER BACK AGAINST THE BAR
WEIGHTED DIP
2
3
8
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
LAT PULL-OVER
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE A DB, CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, STRETCH AND SQUEEZE LATS!
INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO EACH ARM ONE AT A TIME RATHER THAN ALTERNATING, START WITH YOUR WEAK ARM
FACE PULL
0
4
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 5
WORKOUT
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FULL
BODY 4:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
PAUSE DEADLIFT
4
4
2
82.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
3 SECOND PAUSE RIGHT AFTER THE PLATES COME OFF THE GROUND
PAUSE BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
3
6
75%
N/A
2-3 MIN
2-3 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST
CHEST-SUPPORTED T-BAR ROW
OR PENDLAY ROW
1
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
NORDIC HAM CURL
0
3
6-8
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
SEE VIDEO DEMOS PAGE, CAN SUB FOR LYING LEG CURL
DUMBBELL SHRUG
0
3
20-25
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
FEEL A STRETCH ON THE TRAPS AT THE BOTTOM, SQUEEZE HARD AT THE TOP
WORKOUT
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
A1. BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
CURL THE BAR OUT AND UP IN AN ARC. MINIMIZE MOMENTUM.
A2. FLOOR SKULL CRUSHER
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
ARC THE BAR BACK BEHIND YOUR HEAD, SOFT TOUCH ON THE FLOOR BEHIND YOU
B1. INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
(REVERSE 21S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS TOP 1/2, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2
B2. TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
(REVERSE 21S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2, 7 REPS TOP 1/2
C1. DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
C2. BAND PULL-APART
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH REAR DELTS
C3. STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
12
N/A
9
30SEC
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
C4. BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
3
15
N/A
9
30SEC
FOCUS ON ROUNDING YOUR BACK AS YOU CRUNCH HARD!
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
15/15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
AVOID YANKING THE PLATE WITH YOUR HANDS
FULL
BODY 5:
ARM &
PUMP DAY
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 6
SEMI-DELOAD WEEK: AVOID FAILURE AND TRAIN LIGHTER THIS WEEK TO PROMOTE RECOVERY AND TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS!
WORKOUT
LOWER #1
WORKOUT
UPPER #1
WORKOUT
LOWER # 2
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
DEADLIFT
4
3
4
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
BRACE YOUR LATS, CHEST TALL, PULL THE SLACK OUT OF THE BAR BEFORE LIFTING
SUMO BOX SQUAT OR PAUSE
HIGH-BAR SQUAT
2
2
8
N/A
5
2-3 MIN
IF YOU SQUAT HIGH-BAR, DO SUMO BOX SQUAT. IF YOU SQUAT LOW-BAR, DO PAUSE HIGHBAR (2 SEC PAUSE)
PULL-THROUGH
0
2
12-15
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, USE YOUR GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
LEG CURL
1
3
6-8
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
DO LYING LEG CURL MACHINE OR NORDIC HAM CURL IF NO MACHINE ACCESS
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
2
8-10
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
2
7
77.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SET UP A COMFORTABLE ARCH, SLIGHT PAUSE ON THE CHEST, EXPLODE UP
CHIN-UP
1
2
8-10
N/A
6
2-3 MIN
UNDERHAND GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR, ADD WEIGHT IF NEEDED TO HIT RPE
STANDING ARNOLD DUMBBELL
PRESS
1
2
10-12
N/A
6
2-3 MIN
ROTATE THE DBS IN AT THE BOTTOM AND OUT AT THE TOP
CHEST-SUPPORTED DUMBBELL
ROW
1
2
12-15
N/A
6
1-2 MIN
LIE ON AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO ROWS - PULL WITH LATS!
FACE PULL
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
CONCENTRATION BICEP CURL
0
3
12-15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
PIN YOUR ELBOW AGAINST YOUR UPPER LEG OR THE BACK OF A BENCH
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BACK SQUAT
4
1
1
90-95%
9
4-5 MIN
ONLY HEAVY SET THIS WEEK! PERFECT TECHNIQUE!
LOW-BAR BACK SQUAT
0
2
7
75%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SIT BACK AND DOWN, KEEP YOUR UPPER BACK TIGHT TO THE BAR
LEG EXTENSION
1
3
12-15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
USE BANDS IF NO MACHINE ACCESS, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH QUADS
STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
BANDED LATERAL WALK OR HIP
ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
POINT TOES SLIGHTLY OUTWARD, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH GLUTES
V SIT-UP
0
3
12-15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
THINK ABOUT SQUEEZING YOUR UPPER AND LOWER ABS TOGETHER
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
UPPER #2
WORKOUT
LOWER # 3
WORKOUT
UPPER #3
WEEK 6
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
OVERHEAD PRESS
3
3
4
82.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SQUEEZE YOUR GLUTES TO KEEP YOUR TORSO UPRIGHT, PRESS UP AND SLIGHTLY BACK
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
1
2
10-12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
PERFORM WITH BANDS IF NO LAT PULLDOWN, DRIVE ELBOWS DOWN AND IN
DEFICIT PUSH-UP
2
2
AMRAP
N/A
10
2-3 MIN
AS MANY REPS AS POSSIBLE. USE PERFECT PUSH-UP HANDLES OR DUMBBELLS TO CREATE A
DEFICIT
PENDLAY ROW
1
2
10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
PEC FLYE
0
2
15-20
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
PERFORM WITH CABLE, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS, USE A FULL ROM
A1. INCLINE SHRUG
1
2
15-20
N/A
7
30SEC
LIE FACE DOWN AGAINST AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO SHRUGS - FULL ROM AND SQUEEZE!
A2. UPRIGHT ROW
1
2
15-20
N/A
7
30SEC
CAN USE CABLES/ROPE, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS. STOP ROM ONCE ELBOWS REACH SHOULDER
HEIGHT.
BARBELL SKULL CRUSHER
1
2
8-10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
DO THESE ON A BENCH, CONSTANT TENSION ON TRICEPS
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
3" BLOCK PULL
4
2
4
N/A
6
4-5 MIN
DO BLOCK PULLS FROM A 3" BLOCK (CAN USE 25LB + 10LB BUMPER AS A BLOCKS)
BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT
1
2
12
N/A
6
2-3 MIN
12 REPS EACH LEG, KEEP YOUR TORSO UPRIGHT, CONSTANT-TENSION ON QUADS
BARBELL 45° HYPEREXTENSION
OR HIP THRUST
1
2
8-10
N/A
6
1-2 MIN
DO BARBELL HIP THRUSTS IF NO MACHINE, USE GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
SEATED CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
DO STANDING IF NO MACHINE, EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
12/12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
12 REPS FLEXION (FRONT OF NECK), 12 REPS EXTENSION (BACK OF NECK)
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FLAT-BACK BARBELL BENCH
PRESS
3
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SHOULDER BLADES STILL RETRACTED AND DEPRESSED. SLIGHT ARCH IN UPPER BACK.
MINIMIZE LEG DRIVE.
NEUTRAL GRIP PULL-UP
1
2
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
AVOID FAILURE, FOCUS ON GOOD TECHNIQUE AND MAINTAINING CONSISTENT TEMPO
WEIGHTED DIP
2
2
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
SINGLE-ARM ROW
1
2
10-12
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLES, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS - FEEL YOUR LATS WORKING!
BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
LEAN-AWAY LATERAL RAISE
0
2
30
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
USE A LIGHT DUMBBELL, CONSTANT-TENSION, NO PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM
BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
2
10-12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR EARS
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 1:
SQUAT,
OHP
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 2:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
WEEK 7
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
BACK SQUAT*
4
1
3
85-90%
8.5
4-5 MIN
TRY TO ADD SOME WEIGHT FROM WEEK 5 OR IMPROVE BAR SPEED AT SAME WEIGHT
BACK SQUAT
0
2
2
85%
N/A
3-4 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF TECHNIQUE. FOCUS ON DRIVING YOUR BACK INTO THE BAR.
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
4
8
70%
N/A
2-3 MIN
RESET EACH REP (DON'T TOUCH-AND-PRESS)
GLUTE HAM RAISE
1
2
8-10
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HIPS STRAIGHT, DO NORDIC HAM CURLS IF NO GHR MACHINE
HELMS ROW
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
STRICT FORM. DRIVE ELBOWS OUT AND BACK AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE
HAMMER CURL
0
3
20-25
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
KEEP ELBOWS LOCKED IN PLACE, SQUEEZE THE DUMBBELL HANDLE HARD!
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
PAUSE DEADLIFT
4
4
2
75%
N/A
3-5 MIN
3 SECOND PAUSE RIGHT AFTER THE PLATES COME OFF THE GROUND
BARBELL BENCH PRESS*
4
1
3
85-90%
9
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE 1 REP IN THE TANK. AIM FOR NEAR 3 REP PR.
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
0
2
4
80%
N/A
2-3 MIN
FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE. PRESS THE BAR BACK AND UP WITH EXPLOSIVE FORCE
HIP ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
MACHINE, BAND OR WEIGHTED, 1 SECOND ISOMETRIC HOLD AT THE TOP OF EACH REP
WEIGHTED PULL-UP
1
3
3-5
N/A
7
3-4 MIN
1.5X SHOULDER WIDTH GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL ROM
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
SUGGESTED REST DAY
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 3:
SQUAT,
DIP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BACK SQUAT
4
4
6
77.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
MAINTAIN TIGHT PRESSURE IN YOUR UPPER BACK AGAINST THE BAR
WEIGHTED DIP
2
3
8
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
LAT PULL-OVER
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE A DB, CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, STRETCH AND SQUEEZE LATS!
INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO EACH ARM ONE AT A TIME RATHER THAN ALTERNATING, START WITH YOUR WEAK ARM
FACE PULL
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 7
WORKOUT
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FULL
BODY 4:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
DEADLIFT
4
1
3
85-90%
8.5
4-5 MIN
WORK UP TO A HEAVY TRIPLE WITH A LOAD THAT HITS RPE 8-9
PAUSE BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
4
6
75%
N/A
2-3 MIN
2-3 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST
CHEST-SUPPORTED T-BAR ROW
OR PENDLAY ROW
1
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
NORDIC HAM CURL
0
3
6-8
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
SEE VIDEO DEMOS PAGE, CAN SUB FOR LYING LEG CURL
DUMBBELL SHRUG
0
3
20-25
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FEEL A STRETCH ON THE TRAPS AT THE BOTTOM, SQUEEZE HARD AT THE TOP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
A1. BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
CURL THE BAR OUT AND UP IN AN ARC. MINIMIZE MOMENTUM.
A2. FLOOR SKULL CRUSHER
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
ARC THE BAR BACK BEHIND YOUR HEAD, SOFT TOUCH ON THE FLOOR BEHIND YOU
B1. INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
(REVERSE 21S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS TOP 1/2, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2
B2. TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
(REVERSE 21S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2, 7 REPS TOP 1/2
C1. DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
C2. BAND PULL-APART
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH REAR DELTS
C3. STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
12
N/A
9
30SEC
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
C4. BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
3
15
N/A
9
30SEC
FOCUS ON ROUNDING YOUR BACK AS YOU CRUNCH HARD!
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
15/15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
AVOID YANKING THE PLATE WITH YOUR HANDS
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 5:
ARM &
PUMP DAY
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
LOWER #1
WORKOUT
UPPER #1
WORKOUT
LOWER # 2
WEEK 8
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
DEADLIFT
4
3
5
80%
N/A
3-4 MIN
BRACE YOUR LATS, CHEST TALL, PULL THE SLACK OUT OF THE BAR BEFORE LIFTING
SUMO BOX SQUAT OR PAUSE
HIGH-BAR SQUAT
2
2
8
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
IF YOU SQUAT HIGH-BAR, DO SUMO BOX SQUAT. IF YOU SQUAT LOW-BAR, DO PAUSE HIGHBAR (2 SEC PAUSE)
PULL-THROUGH
0
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, USE YOUR GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
LEG CURL
1
3
6-8
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO LYING LEG CURL MACHINE OR NORDIC HAM CURL IF NO MACHINE ACCESS
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8-10
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
2
7
77.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SET UP A COMFORTABLE ARCH, SLIGHT PAUSE ON THE CHEST, EXPLODE UP
CHIN-UP
1
3
8-10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
UNDERHAND GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR, ADD WEIGHT IF NEEDED TO HIT RPE
STANDING ARNOLD DUMBBELL
PRESS
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
ROTATE THE DBS IN AT THE BOTTOM AND OUT AT THE TOP
CHEST-SUPPORTED DUMBBELL
ROW
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
LIE ON AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO ROWS - PULL WITH LATS!
FACE PULL
0
2
15-20
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
CONCENTRATION BICEP CURL
0
3
12-15
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
PIN YOUR ELBOW AGAINST YOUR UPPER LEG OR THE BACK OF A BENCH
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
LOW-BAR BACK SQUAT
4
3
7
75%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SIT BACK AND DOWN, KEEP YOUR UPPER BACK TIGHT TO THE BAR
GOOD MORNING
2
2
10-12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SAME AS SQUAT STANCE, KEEP SHINS STRAIGHT, GO LIGHTER AND "FEEL" HAMSTRINGS
LEG EXTENSION
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
USE BANDS IF NO MACHINE ACCESS, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH QUADS
STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
BANDED LATERAL WALK OR HIP
ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
POINT TOES SLIGHTLY OUTWARD, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH GLUTES
V SIT-UP
0
3
12-15
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
THINK ABOUT SQUEEZING YOUR UPPER AND LOWER ABS TOGETHER
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
UPPER #2
WORKOUT
LOWER # 3
WORKOUT
UPPER #3
WEEK 8
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
OVERHEAD PRESS / PUSH PRESS
3
3
3/3
82.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
FIRST 3 REPS STRICT MILITARY PRESS (NO LEG DRIVE), LAST 3 REPS PUSH PRESS (USE LEG
DRIVE)
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
PERFORM WITH BANDS IF NO LAT PULLDOWN, DRIVE ELBOWS DOWN AND IN
DUMBBELL INCLINE PRESS
2
2
12
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
45° INCLINE, KEEP SHOULDER BLADES RETRACTED AND DEPRESSED
PENDLAY ROW
1
2
10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
PEC FLYE
0
3
15-20
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
PERFORM WITH CABLE, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS, USE A FULL ROM
A1. INCLINE SHRUG
1
2
15-20
N/A
10
30SEC
LIE FACE DOWN AGAINST AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO SHRUGS - FULL ROM AND SQUEEZE!
A2. BENT OVER REVERSE
DUMBBELL FLYE
1
2
15-20
N/A
10
30SEC
MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH REAR DELTS, SWEEP THE WEIGHT OUT
BARBELL SKULL CRUSHER
1
2
8-10
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
DO THESE ON A BENCH, CONSTANT TENSION ON TRICEPS
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
2" BLOCK PULL
4
2
4
N/A
8
4-5 MIN
DO BLOCK PULLS FROM A 2" BLOCK (CAN USE 25LB BUMPER PLATE AS BLOCKS)
BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT
1
2
12
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
12 REPS EACH LEG, KEEP YOUR TORSO UPRIGHT, CONSTANT-TENSION ON QUADS
BARBELL 45° HYPEREXTENSION
OR HIP THRUST
1
2
8-10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
DO BARBELL HIP THRUSTS IF NO MACHINE, USE GLUTES TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
SEATED CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO STANDING IF NO MACHINE, EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
12/12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
12 REPS FLEXION (FRONT OF NECK), 12 REPS EXTENSION (BACK OF NECK)
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FLAT-BACK BARBELL BENCH
PRESS
3
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
SHOULDER BLADES STILL RETRACTED AND DEPRESSED. SLIGHT ARCH IN UPPER BACK.
MINIMIZE LEG DRIVE.
ECCENTRIC-ACCENTUATED
PULL-UP
1
2
AMRAP
N/A
10
2-3 MIN
3 SECOND NEGATIVE ON EVERY REP, MAINTAIN CONTROLLED FORM FOR ALL REPS
WEIGHTED DIP
2
2
10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
SINGLE-ARM ROW
1
2
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLES, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS - FEEL YOUR LATS WORKING!
BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
LEAN-AWAY LATERAL RAISE
0
2
30
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
USE A LIGHT DUMBBELL, CONSTANT-TENSION, NO PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM
BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
2
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR EARS
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 1:
SQUAT,
OHP
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 2:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
WEEK 9
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
BACK SQUAT*
4
1
2
87.5-92.5%
8.5
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. LEAVE 1 (MAYBE 2) REPS IN THE TANK. AIM FOR NEAR 2 REP PR.
SQUAT WALK-OUT (DO NOT
SQUAT)
0
1
10-SEC
100%
NO REPS
4-5 MIN
DO NOT SQUAT. WALK THE WEIGHT OUT, HOLD AND WALK BACK IN. SET THE SAFETY PINS
HIGH AND HAVE A SPOTTER.
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
3
6
80%
N/A
2-3 MIN
RESET EACH REP (DON'T TOUCH-AND-PRESS)
GLUTE HAM RAISE
1
2
8-10
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
KEEP YOUR HIPS STRAIGHT, DO NORDIC HAM CURLS IF NO GHR MACHINE
HELMS ROW
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MN
STRICT FORM. DRIVE ELBOWS OUT AND BACK AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE
HAMMER CURL
0
3
20-25
N/A
10
1-2 MIN
KEEP ELBOWS LOCKED IN PLACE, SQUEEZE THE DUMBBELL HANDLE HARD!
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
DEADLIFT
4
3
4
80%
N/A
3-5 MIN
SEMI-DELOAD. FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE AND BAR SPEED LEADING INTO MAX WEEK.
BARBELL BENCH PRESS*
4
1
2
87.5-92.5%
9
4-5 MIN
TOP SET. AIM FOR A NEAR 2 REP PR
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
0
2
2
87.5%
N/A
2-3 MIN
FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE. PRESS THE BAR BACK AND UP WITH EXPLOSIVE FORCE
HIP ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
MACHINE, BAND OR WEIGHTED, 1 SECOND ISOMETRIC HOLD AT THE TOP OF EACH REP
WEIGHTED PULL-UP
1
3
3-5
N/A
7
3-4 MIN
1.5X SHOULDER WIDTH GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
8
N/A
9
2-3 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL ROM
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
SUGGESTED REST DAY
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 3:
SQUAT,
DIP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BACK SQUAT
4
3
4
82.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
MAINTAIN TIGHT PRESSURE IN YOUR UPPER BACK AGAINST THE BAR
WEIGHTED DIP
2
3
8
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO DUMBBELL FLOOR PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
3
10-12
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
LAT PULL-OVER
1
3
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE A DB, CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, STRETCH AND SQUEEZE LATS!
INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
1
2
12-15
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
DO EACH ARM ONE AT A TIME RATHER THAN ALTERNATING, START WITH YOUR WEAK ARM
FACE PULL
0
3
15-20
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 9
WORKOUT
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
FULL
BODY 4:
DEADLIFT,
BENCH
PRESS
PAUSE DEADLIFT
4
4
2
75%
N/A
3-4 MIN
3 SECOND PAUSE RIGHT AFTER THE PLATES COME OFF THE GROUND
PAUSE BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
3
5
77.5%
N/A
2-3 MIN
2-3 SECOND PAUSE ON THE CHEST
CHEST-SUPPORTED T-BAR ROW
OR PENDLAY ROW
1
3
10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
BE MINDFUL OF LOWER BACK FATIGUE. STAY LIGHT, MINIMIZE CHEATING
NORDIC HAM CURL
0
3
6-8
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
SEE VIDEO DEMOS PAGE, CAN SUB FOR LYING LEG CURL
DUMBBELL SHRUG
0
3
20-25
N/A
9
1-2 MIN
FEEL A STRETCH ON THE TRAPS AT THE BOTTOM, SQUEEZE HARD AT THE TOP
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
A1. BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
1
3
12
N/A
8
30SEC
CURL THE BAR OUT AND UP IN AN ARC. MINIMIZE MOMENTUM.
A2. FLOOR SKULL CRUSHER
1
3
10
N/A
8
30SEC
ARC THE BAR BACK BEHIND YOUR HEAD, SOFT TOUCH ON THE FLOOR BEHIND YOU
B1. INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
(REVERSE 21S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS TOP 1/2, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2
B2. TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
(REVERSE 21S)
0
3
21
N/A
10
30SEC
DO BOTH ARMS AT ONCE: 7 REPS FULL ROM, 7 REPS BOTTOM 1/2, 7 REPS TOP 1/2
C1. DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
C2. BAND PULL-APART
0
3
20
N/A
9
30SEC
MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH REAR DELTS
C3. STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
12
N/A
9
30SEC
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
C4. BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
3
15
N/A
9
30SEC
FOCUS ON ROUNDING YOUR BACK AS YOU CRUNCH HARD!
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
15/15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
AVOID YANKING THE PLATE WITH YOUR HANDS
WORKOUT
FULL
BODY 5:
ARM &
PUMP DAY
SUGGESTED REST DAY
SET 1
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT WEEK 10
If you are not feeling well recovered after completing week 9 (achy joints, poor sleep, low energy) you should run Week 11 first and then run the Week 10 max testing. If you
have accumulated sufficient fatigue from Weeks 7-9, you will likely perform better by running the deload (Week 11) first, and then running the max test week (Week 10) after.
•
Always use a good spotter when attempting max effort lifts
•
Always use safety bars on squat and bench press (in case you have to dump the bar)
•
Do not test maxes (move to Week 11) if you are feeling joint pain
•
Do not test maxes (move to Week 11) if you do not feel properly recovered
•
Do not test maxes (move to Week 11) if you do not have a good spotter
•
Maxes should be done at a 9.5 RPE: It is not necessary to push to the point where you actually fail. I recommend stopping at the point where you don’t think you could get
another rep with good form.
WHAT WEEK TO RUN?
•
Run Week 10A if you have mostly bodybuilding and strength goals
•
Run Week 10B only if you have competitive powerlifting goals
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 10A
MAX TESTING OPTION A: IMPORTANT! CHOOSE EITHER WEEK 10A OR WEEK 10B. DO NOT RUN BOTH WEEKS. SEE PAGE 88 FOR SUGGESTIONS ON WHICH WEEK TO RUN.
WORKOUT
SQUAT
TEST
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BACK SQUAT
4
1
AMRAP
90%
9.5
4-5 MIN
AS MANY REPS AS POSSIBLE. ALWAYS USE A SPOTTER AND GOOD FORM. AIM TO HIT 3+ REPS
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
1
2
12
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
PERFORM WITH BANDS IF NO LAT PULLDOWN, DRIVE ELBOWS DOWN AND IN
INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
0
4
12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
SUGGESTED 1-2 REST DAYS
WORKOUT
BENCH
TEST
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
4
1
AMRAP
90%
9.5
4-5 MIN
AS MANY REPS AS POSSIBLE. ALWAYS USE A SPOTTER AND GOOD FORM. AIM TO HIT 3+ REPS
LEG CURL
1
3
8-10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO LYING LEG CURL MACHINE OR NORDIC HAM CURL IF NO MACHINE ACCESS
DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
1
3
12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
CAN DO WITH CABLES OR BANDS, SQUEEZE TRICEPS TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
SUGGESTED 1-2 REST DAYS
WORKOUT
DEADLIFT
TEST
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
DEADLIFT
4
1
AMRAP
90%
9.5
4-5 MIN
AS MANY REPS AS POSSIBLE. ALWAYS USE A SPOTTER AND GOOD FORM. AIM TO HIT 3+ REPS
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
3
10
N/A
6
2-3 MIN
RESET EACH REP (DON'T TOUCH-AND-PRESS)
LEG EXTENSION
1
3
12
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
USE BANDS IF NO MACHINE ACCESS, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH QUADS
BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
4
15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON ROUNDING YOUR BACK AS YOU CRUNCH HARD!
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 10B
MAX TESTING OPTION B: IMPORTANT! FOR COMPETITIVE POWERLIFTERS ONLY. CHOOSE EITHER WEEK 10A OR 10B. DO NOT RUN BOTH WEEKS. SEE PAGE 88 FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON WHICH WEEK TO RUN.
WORKOUT
SQUAT
TEST
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BACK SQUAT
5
1-3
1
100-105%
9.5
4-5 MIN
AIM FOR A NEW PR. START WITH 100% AND INCREASE BY ~2.5% EVERY ATTEMPT UNTIL YOU
HIT A 9.5 RPE. USE A SPOTTER AND GOOD FORM!
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
1
2
12
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
PERFORM WITH BANDS IF NO LAT PULLDOWN, DRIVE ELBOWS DOWN AND IN
INCLINE DUMBBELL CURL
0
4
12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
3
12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
SUGGESTED 1-2 REST DAYS
WORKOUT
BENCH
TEST
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
5
1-3
1
100-105%
9.5
4-5 MIN
AIM FOR A NEW PR. START WITH 100% AND INCREASE BY ~2.5% EVERY ATTEMPT UNTIL YOU
HIT A 9.5 RPE. USE A SPOTTER AND GOOD FORM!
LEG CURL
1
3
8-10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
DO LYING LEG CURL MACHINE OR NORDIC HAM CURL IF NO MACHINE ACCESS
DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
1
3
12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
CAN DO WITH CABLES OR BANDS, SQUEEZE TRICEPS TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
SUGGESTED 1-2 REST DAYS
WORKOUT
DEADLIFT
TEST
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
NOTES
DEADLIFT
5
1-3
1
100-105%
9.5
4-5 MIN
AIM FOR A NEW PR. START WITH 100% AND INCREASE BY ~2.5% EVERY ATTEMPT. 5-MIN REST
BETWEEN ATTEMPTS. USE GOOD FORM!
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
3
10
N/A
6
2-3 MIN
RESET EACH REP (DON'T TOUCH-AND-PRESS)
LEG EXTENSION
1
3
12
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
USE BANDS IF NO MACHINE ACCESS, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH QUADS
BICYCLE CRUNCH
0
4
15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
FOCUS ON ROUNDING YOUR BACK AS YOU CRUNCH HARD!
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WEEK 11
FULL DELOAD WEEK: AVOID FAILURE AND TRAIN LIGHTER THIS WEEK BEFORE RUNNING BACK THROUGH WEEK 1 OR ONTO A NEW PROGRAM.
WORKOUT
LOWER #1
WORKOUT
UPPER #1
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
DEADLIFT
4
2
3
75%
N/A
3-5 MIN
BRACE YOUR LATS, CHEST TALL, PULL THE SLACK OUT OF THE BAR BEFORE LIFTING
SUMO BOX SQUAT OR PAUSE
HIGH-BAR SQUAT
2
2
6
N/A
5
2-3 MIN
IF YOU SQUAT HIGH-BAR, DO SUMO BOX SQUAT. IF YOU SQUAT LOW-BAR, DO PAUSE HIGHBAR (2 SEC PAUSE)
LEG CURL
1
2
6-8
N/A
6
1-2 MIN
DO LYING LEG CURL MACHINE OR NORDIC HAM CURL IF NO MACHINE ACCESS
STANDING CALF RAISE
1
2
8-10
N/A
6
1-2 MIN
1-2 SECOND PAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH REP, FULL SQUEEZE AT THE TOP
HANGING LEG RAISE
0
2
10-12
N/A
6
1-2 MIN
KNEES TO CHEST, CONTROLLED REPS, STRAIGHTEN LEGS MORE TO INCREASE DIFFICULTY
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
3
3
6
72.5%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SET UP A COMFORTABLE ARCH, SLIGHT PAUSE ON THE CHEST, EXPLODE UP
ASSISTED CHIN-UP
1
2
8-10
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
UNDERHAND GRIP, PULL YOUR CHEST TO THE BAR, ADD WEIGHT IF NEEDED TO HIT RPE
OVERHEAD PRESS
2
2
4
75%
N/A
2-3 MIN
SQUEEZE YOUR GLUTES TO KEEP YOUR TORSO UPRIGHT, PRESS UP AND SLIGHTLY BACK
CHEST-SUPPORTED DUMBBELL
ROW
1
2
12-15
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
LIE ON AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO ROWS - PULL WITH LATS!
A1: FACE PULL
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
30SEC
CAN USE CABLE/ROPE OR BAND, RETRACT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AS YOU PULL
A2: DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
30SEC
ARC THE DUMBBELL OUT, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH MIDDLE FIBERS
B1: CONCENTRATION BICEP CURL
0
2
12-15
N/A
8
30SEC
PIN YOUR ELBOW AGAINST YOUR UPPER LEG OR THE BACK OF A BENCH
B2: TRICEPS PRESSDOWN
0
2
12-15
N/A
8
30SEC
CAN DO WITH CABLES OR BANDS, SQUEEZE TRICEPS TO MOVE THE WEIGHT
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SUGGESTED REST DAY (1-2 DAYS OFF DEPENDING ON YOUR SCHEDULE)
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
JEFF NIPPARD’S - POWERBUILDING SYSTEM
WORKOUT
LOWER # 2
WORKOUT
UPPER #2
WEEK 11
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
SET 1
BACK SQUAT
4
2
6
70%
N/A
3-4 MIN
SIT BACK AND DOWN, KEEP YOUR UPPER BACK TIGHT TO THE BAR
SNATCH-GRIP ROMANIAN
DEADLIFT
2
2
8
N/A
6
2-3 MIN
WIDE GRIP, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH HAMSTRINGS
LEG EXTENSION
1
2
12-15
N/A
7
1-2 MIN
USE BANDS IF NO MACHINE ACCESS, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH QUADS
STANDING CALF RAISE
0
3
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
EMPHASIZE THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
BANDED LATERAL WALK OR HIP
ABDUCTION
0
3
15-20
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
POINT TOES SLIGHTLY OUTWARD, MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION WITH GLUTES
V SIT-UP
0
3
12-15
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
THINK ABOUT SQUEEZING YOUR UPPER AND LOWER ABS TOGETHER
NECK FLEXION/EXTENSION
(OPTIONAL)
1
3
12/12
N/A
8
1-2 MIN
12 REPS FLEXION (FRONT OF NECK), 12 REPS EXTENSION (BACK OF NECK)
EXERCISE
WARM-UP SETS
WORKING SETS
REPS
%1RM
RPE
REST
CLOSE-GRIP BENCH PRESS
3
3
10
N/A
6
2-3 MIN
SHOULDER WIDTH GRIP, TUCK YOUR ELBOWS IN CLOSER TO YOUR TORSO
CHEST-SUPPORTED DUMBBELL
ROW
1
2
10
N/A
6
3-4 MIN
LIE ON AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO ROWS - PULL WITH LATS!
WEIGHTED DIP
2
3
6
N/A
7
2-3 MIN
DO FLOOR DUMBBELL PRESS IF NO ACCESS TO DIP HANDLES
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
1
2
10
N/A
8
2-3 MIN
PERFORM WITH BANDS IF NO LAT PULLDOWN, DRIVE THROUGH ELBOWS
A1. INCLINE SHRUG
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
30SEC
LIE AGAINST AN INCLINE BENCH AND DO SHRUGS - FULL ROM AND SQUEEZE!
A2. UPRIGHT ROW
0
2
15-20
N/A
8
30SEC
CAN USE CABLES/ROPE, BANDS OR DUMBBELLS. STOP ROM ONCE ELBOWS REACH SHOULDER
HEIGHT.
B1: BARBELL OR EZ BAR CURL
0
3
12-15
N/A
8
30SEC
FOCUS ON THE MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION
B2. SKULL CRUSHER
0
3
8-10
N/A
8
30SEC
BARBELL OR EZ BAR, DO THESE ON A BENCH, CONSTANT TENSION ON TRICEPS
SET 1
SET 2
SET 2
SUGGESTED REST DAY (1-2 DAYS OFF DEPENDING ON YOUR SCHEDULE)
SET 3
SET 3
SET 4
SET 4
NOTES
NOTES
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